This week, when Music City Roots goes live from The Loveless Cafe Barn at 7 pm on Wednesday May 7, it will mark the show’s 200th episode. Since going on the air in October 2009, the show has averaged 44 shows a year, giving Nashville’s vibrant roots and Americana music scene a weekly international platform via radio, television and the web.
“On one hand, this landmark is trivial – just a nice round number,” said show journalist and interviewer Craig Havighurst. “On the other, it’s a mark of longevity, and nothing matters in broadcasting more than staying on the air. We are in this for the long haul and we’re passionate in our belief that familiarity and consistent quality will grow the audience for great music across the nation and the world.”
Over its 199 shows so far, MCR has featured the elite of American music, the finest Nashville emerging artists and hard-touring career musicians who make up the new musical middle class. The show has been praised by audiences for its diversity and integrity of programming and by guest artists for its professional presentation.
Music City Roots is preparing its second season for American Public Television and getting ready to move to a new, larger venue home at The Factory At Franklin on July 9.
This week's show features former Old Crow Medicine Show band member Willie Watson, jam band guitar star Tyler Grant with his band Grant Farm, Asheville soul/folk singer Kellin Watson, the Nashville Stringy Band with Colin O'Brien and Canadian blues and folk singer Matt Anderson.
Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. Every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm Central, four or five guest artists perform to an intimate audience of 300-600 people, with a live broadcast to the world via Livestream.com and flagship radio partner Hippie Radio 94.5 FM.
Veteran Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey emcees with help from musical host, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, and interview guy Craig Havighurst. Thirteen episodes per year are edited for distribution by American Public Television via flagship PBS-affiliate WNPT in Nashville. A syndicated version of the radio show is also broadcast on a growing network of terrestrial radio stations nationwide.
Roots Radio is an Internet radio station featuring live cuts and interviews from the great catalog of recordings captured at Music City Roots since 2009, streaming 24/7 at RootsRadio.com and via free iPhone and Android apps.p